bacteroid

noun
bac·​te·​roid | \ ˈbak-tə-ˌrȯid How to pronounce bacteroid (audio) \

Definition of bacteroid

: an irregularly shaped form of a nitrogen-fixing bacterium (such as a rhizobium) found especially in root nodules of legumes

First Known Use of bacteroid

1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Bacteroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacteroid. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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